Mobile apps news roundup: Kabam, GameStick, Wooga and more

Kabam launches $50 fund to help bring Japanese games to the West — Mobile-social gaming developer Kabam told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that the company has established a $50 million fund to help bring Japanese games to Western markets. The money provided by Kabam to Japanese game developers will help with localization, translation, analytics tracking, marketing, user acquisition, retention and more. Other major gaming giants like DeNA, GREE, Zynga and Pocket Gems have all invested more and more into the publishing of third-party titles.

PlayJam delays GameStick shipments by two months — PlayJam informed Kickstarter backers of its Android-based games console GameStick that it’s delaying the shipments of the device from April to June. The delay is due to an unexpected amount of units to produce and the company’s apparently-low bank balance, which led to PlayJam changing its shipment plans for the units from air-freight to shipping via boat. Inside Mobile Apps last got its hands on the GameStick a few weeks ago during the 2013 Game Developers Conference.

Plain Vanilla lands $2.4M in second round funding — Plain Vanilla, the Icelandic game studio known for its trivia games such as Twilight QuizUp, landed $2.4 million in second round funding, which brings its total funding to $3.4 million. With the new influx in cash, Plain vanilla wants to build out its trivia games into a platform.

Wooga releases mobile-exclusive title Pocket Village — Wooga released Pocket Village this week, its first exclusively mobile title, for iOS. Inside Mobile Apps first learned about the village building sim back in February.

GREE updates MLB: Full Deck with 2013 rosters and new features — With the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, GREE updated its MLB: Full Deck with the 2013 rosters for all 30 MLB clubs. GREE also added new player-versus-player features, including the ability for users to accumulate points with each PVP win and gain rewards from multiple tiers. Other updates include re-designed player profiles, an improved tutorial, new live events and a fresher user interface.

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